Big Jim McLain 1952

Big Jim McLain

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Jim McLain (John Wayne) and his partner, Mal Baxter (James Arness), are investigators for the House Un-American Activities Committee, who are sent to Hawaii to find the leaders of a local Communist Party. They visit Dr. Gelster (Gayne Whitman), a psychiatrist who is treating one of the party members. While there, McLain charms the doctor's secretary, Nancy Vallon (Nancy Olson), and asks her out. As their hunt continues, McLain and Baxter become targets of Communist boss Sturak (Alan Napier).

Cast & Crew

John Wayne
Jim McLain
Nancy Olson
Nancy Vallon
James Arness
Mal Baxter
Gayne Whitman
Dr. Gelster
Robert Keys
Edwin White
Hans Conried
Robert Henried
John Hubbard
Lt. Cmdr. Clint Grey
Eric Taylor
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Richard English
Screenwriter
Paul Dunlap
Original Music
Arthur Lange
Original Music
Emil Newman
Original Music
Archie Stout
Cinematographer
Jack Murray
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Critic Reviews for Big Jim McLain

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  • Pathetic anti-Communist propaganda film with a snarling John Wayne at his ugliest as a macho windbag special agent for HUAC.

    July 28, 2008 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • The name of Wayne's special agent for the HUAAC had the same initials as those of Senator Joseph McCarthy, which was not a coincidence, and Wayne himself believed that his popular propagandistic film helped McCarthy's reelection campaign.

    May 27, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Big Jim McLain

  • Mar 12, 2010
    Seeks to glorify the loathsome Joe McCarthy and his venal lot. Wayne was a well known ultra conservative so his presence here is no surprise but that this thing exists at all is a shame.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2008
    <i>Big Jim McLain</i> features one of John Wayne's best walk-through; he looks a little sheepish, but he's so amiable you forget he's really not in character. The drama at hand is tidied up rather quickly, yet the film is directed with a steady hand and has an easy-going pace. The black-and-white cinematography is quite beautiful, with silvery shots of the tropics in all their '50s splendor.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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